Category: Europe

About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

[ 0 ] July 30, 2014 |

by ROBIN KIRK for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 30, 2014: Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold? The image was originally posted, as far as I can tell, by the Palestinian Information Center […]

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Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] July 29, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by *JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on July 29, 2014:  Muslims have a long and rich history in Greater Detroit, Michigan, but it has not been thoroughly documented – until now. Sally Howell brings this history to life in her new book out next month — Old Islam […]

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Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

[ 0 ] July 27, 2014 |

JULY 28, 2014:  Eid Mubarak from ISLAMiCommentary and the Duke Islamic Studies Center!  The Muslim community in America and around the world have been observing the month-long fast of Ramadan. The end of Ramadan is being marked at this time by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking. Related Statement by the President […]

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Faith Leaders Speak Out Against Hate Crimes, Collective Punishment

[ 0 ] July 24, 2014 |

ING Releases Statement on Recent Anti-Jewish and Anti-Muslim Attacks in France and U.S. by ING (STATEMENT via ING WEB SITE), week of JULY 20-25:  This past Sunday (July 20), the predominantly Jewish suburb of Sarcelles in Paris suffered attacks by rioters, reportedly mostly Arab and North African youth, according to The Allgemeiner, a New York-based Jewish […]

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Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

[ 1 ] July 10, 2014 |

If the French nation is truly secular, why does it not purge its Catholic national favoritism? After all, only about 20 percent of all French people consider themselves devout.   by CLAUDIA KOONZ for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 10, 2014:  The recent European Court of Human Rights decision to uphold the French ban against niqabs (full-faced veils, showing only […]

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What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

Muslims around the world are fasting this month for Ramadan  via EMEL MEDIA:  Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast? (emel media commissioned this video to find out: www.emel.com)

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Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 27, 2014:  *The Muslim community in America and around the world are observing the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don). The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July. [NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months […]

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A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

A Miscarriage of Justice in Egypt

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 24, 2014: * updated JUNE 27, 2014 Three Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted today, Monday, June 23, on charges of broadcasting false news and aiding a terrorist organization (referring to the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood).  The journalists, Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, have been imprisoned in […]

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LISTEN: Ireland Tops ‘Islamicity’ Index

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

via BBC RADIO on JUNE 4, 2014:  The Islamicity Index ranks countries on how well they adhere to the Koran – so it may be a surprise that the top three are Ireland, Denmark and Luxembourg. Not a single majority Muslim country made the top 25 – Saudi Arabia was 91st. So what’s the reasoning? […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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